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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-4-2

Oklahomans honored at Making It Work Day at the Capitol

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council honored 15 Oklahomans and eight Oklahoma businesses and nonprofit organizations at the 24th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 29.

Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony also recognized nontraditional students and members who received national honors for their efforts.

Nine students were recognized from the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and award presentations to individuals, businesses and organizations were made at a luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.

OkCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council advocates for students pursuing nontraditional careers and for resources for educating single parents.

“OkCTEEC believes in the phrase, “It takes a village,” and wants to recognize all those who have helped nontraditional students find success. The Making It Work Day award ceremony is an event that recognizes and honors all the dedicated and hardworking students, programs and community or business partners that have worked so hard throughout the year to see students’ dreams come to fruition,” said KayTee Niquette, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at ODCTE.

She serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Lisa French of the Department of Human Services and Gina McPherson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.



Oklahoma CareerTech teams win FIRST Robotics awards

Award with following text: First Robotics Competition, First Power Up, Oklahoma 2018 Regional SponsorThe Gordon Cooper Technology Center FIRST Robotics team, Sprockets 2341, won the Regional Chairman’s Award at the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics competition March 28-31.

The team also won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award and the Safety Award at the Dallas Regional and will be competing at the FIRST World Competition in Houston, Texas, April 18-21. NASA is funding the $5,000 entry for the team.

Also at the Oklahoma Regional competition, the Asher Public Schools team, the Indians, won the Rookie All Star Award and will also be headed to the FIRST World Competition in Houston. The team is led by Dwayne Forrester, who teaches at Asher as part of the CareerTech business, marketing and information technology education team.

Autry Technology Center’s team, Ace Robotics, won the Rookie Inspiration Award at the regional competition and also worked with GCTC’s team to create the pictured award for the Oklahoma Regional competition. Ace Robotics at Autry Tech designed the award, and Sprockets 2341 manufactured it with a water jet. The GCTC collision repair class polished it, before sending it to Oklahoma City where workers at Precision Anodizing anodized it. Baker Hughes/GE provided the laser engraving.

Students in the GCTC graphics design program created and printed the vinyl decal and a Sprockets 2341 team member assembled and packaged the awards.

Congratulations to Sprockets 2341, Ace Robotics and the Asher Indians!


Oklahoma FCCLA member, chapter win online challenge

Faith Thomas, an FCCLA member from Oklahoma Centennial School, digs in a garden; Oklahoma Centennial FCCLA members are pictured in their red jackets at conferences; logo for #FCCLAGetsHealth, AdVenture Capital Challenge.Faith Thomas, an eighth-grader at Oklahoma Centennial School, and her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter won the AdVenture Capital #FCCLAGetsHealthy online challenge.

Thomas submitted an idea to increase breakfast participation at her school with a grab and go cart. AdVenture Capital awarded the FCCLA chapter a $1,000 grant to create the cart.

Congratulations, Faith and Oklahoma Centennial FCCLA!


OEIP Ultimate Teacher/Industry Connection registration opens

The Oklahoma Educators and Industry Partnership offers an outstanding professional development opportunity for Oklahoma fifth- through 12th-grade teachers each summer.

Registration for the 2018 OEIP Ultimate Teacher/Industry Connection opened April 2. Registration is $25 and will be reimbursed upon completion of the conference. Lodging and lunches are included in the registration.

Teachers can attend one of three conferences: June 11-13 at High Plains Tech in Woodward, June 26-28 at Northwest Tech in Pryor or July 24-26 at Canadian Valley Tech in El Reno. A limited number of teachers will be selected for each site. Each teacher will receive a $100 stipend and a $200 Pitsco gift card and have the opportunity to receive a $750 grant.

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CareerTech Foundation scholarship application opens

Applications for the CareerTech Foundation Teacher Recruitment and Retention Scholarship are open.

The scholarship is open to CareerTech teachers and to college juniors and seniors who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees to become certified CareerTech teachers. Applications are due May 15.



CareerTech events

FCCLA State Competitive Events, April 3

Instructional Leaders Quarterly Meeting, April 5

HOSA State Leadership Conference, April 9

TSA State Conference, April 11

FCCLA State Convention, April 12


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